Digital therapeutics company Beats Medical has launched a new app for children with dyspraxia. The company is partnering with private health insurer Vhi to provide direct reimbursement for the new therapy technology app.
The ‘Beats Medical Dyspraxia App’ brings tech-based exercises and interactive games to children in the home. The app will not replace specialist care, but will augment existing care. The app uses a game-based interface and is focused on a space and galaxy theme in order to appeal to both girls and boys. The game levels can be adapted to suit the age of the child.
Dyspraxia, or ‘Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)’ is a common neurological disorder affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and is believed to impact one in ten children. It can affect a child’s speech, fine and gross motor skills – including walking, coordination, balance, dexterity, handwriting and communication – and it can persist into adulthood if not treated.
Physiotherapy, speech and occupational therapy have been shown to help promote development of these skills. However, recent research from the Dyspraxia Foundation of Ireland found that 82 per cent of children with dyspraxia are missing out on crucial treatment and therapies due to long waiting lists and financial constraints.
Commenting on the new app and the partnership with Vhi, Dr Ciara Clancy, Beats Medical CEO and Founder said: “We are really excited to launch our new app which addresses an important need for families and children to help children with dyspraxia in their early years. The app acts as a support for children in a fun and interactive way.”
Pictured above: Riane and Kiana McEvoy, aged 10
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